Hey there, I’m recently new to formulating, and have just started taking the practical cosmetic formulating course offered here.
I am trying to make a "Mostly natural" matte pomade with a medium to strong textured hold, this is my first pomade that I'm making. Ive been through a few trial and error in trying to figure out the right ratio of ingredients to use and its almost there.
This is my formula.
54.5% Distilled Water
4% Emulsifying Wax (I used Candelilla)
6% Meadowfoam Oil
6% Apricot Kernel Oil
6% Shea Butter
6.25% Kaolin Clay
3% Benonite Clay
0.5% Euxyl k903
0.25% Fragrance Oil
Im not 100% sure Candelilla Wax is a good substitute for emulsifying wax NF, but I wanted something more natural. If you guys have any suggestions, or if I should add a second emulsifier, or even use a different wax than beeswax, or any other ingredients for that matter let me know.
It is very creamy in the pot, pours well, and is very 'scoopable' with my finger once it cools in a container. The main issue is that when you rub it in your hands, its like the waxes separate and stick to your hands. With some more vigorous rubbing between the hands, it does dissipate and is then able to use in your hair. Im 80% happy with the outcome of the product so far, but I would like it to dissipate immediately once you rub between the hands to then be put in the hair for styling. I can't expect customers to have to vigorously rub the product in order to use it.
What are your thoughts/comments/concerns?? Id love to hear from you guys!
(This is the wax that separates once being rubbed in your hands.. Another 10 seconds of rubbing vigorously it does disperse and melt)